Build Understanding and Experience of Community
Do you want to bring classroom learning out into the urban community? Your students will learn about their community and local nonprofits, take action that meets needs, and expand their world and purpose for learning. Contact our Wayne County Classroom Community Coordinator for a free consultation (email, phone, Skpe, or in person) if you are a Detroit or Wayne County educator who wants to learn more about philanthropy lessons, service-learning, and collaborating with other like-minded colleagues. email@example.com
If you are in another urban community, peruse these resources for lessons and projects that guide instruction.
Welcome Refugees or Understand Their Experience
This unit of four lessons, written by a Detroit teacher, uses stories and video to illustrate the life of refugees. We compare refugees in World War II to refugees today. The suggested service-learning includes creating a welcome kit for refugee children. If you have refugee children in your classroom or community, this is a must-teach!!
Student Empowerment through Service
When you light up a student with something they care about, it gives them confidence and fuels their effort at school. Service-learning sparks student engagement and a lifelong love of giving and civic participation. Through the lessons and featured activities on this page, students learn that they are philanthropists when they take action for the benefit of others. Students explore needs and nonprofits in their community and tell stories of giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good.
Philanthropy and Service-Learning Lesson Plans
Service-Learning and Community Building Activities
The activities facilitate interaction with the community and guide students to investigate community needs and resources and their own personal interests. The activities provided also help students take action to address a need and then reflect on the service-learning process. These classroom activities were written by master teachers from Detroit, Michigan, to help learners get to know their community and the resources there.
Nonprofits Interested in Working with Schools
Many nonprofits in your community are interested in working with students and teaching the next generation of citizens about their work. This list of Detroit-specific nonprofits is organized by issue area. These are nonprofits that have worked with schools to connect youth with service and an understanding of the nonprofit sector's role in the community. Although this list comes from Detroit, many of the organizations have sites in most urban areas. Use this as a starting point to connect students with the issues they care about and the organizations who address needs locally.
Share Student Work
Please share student work related to urban philanthropy. Let's promote excellence in students' work while magnifying their voices and inspiring others to contribute to their communities in age-appropriate ways.
On this page and in our social media, we want to share your students' pictures, essays, poetry, and videos of the people in their lives who inspire them to give—grandparents, crossing guards, community leaders, and activists working for the benefit of Detroit or other urban areas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story.
Teacher in Residence
Each year, Learning to Give works with a Summer Teacher in Residence! For ten weeks in the summer, one Detroit-area teacher helps develop resources, make connections with Wayne County teachers, and guide the direction of philanthropic urban education. They share their passion for empowering all students through volunteering and community awareness by creating resources and connecting with teachers in the community.
Help support and build the community of Wayne County educators who teach the next generation that we all have something to give to make our communities better places. Check back Spring 2018 for the next opportunity. Teachers in Detroit or Wayne County interested in serving as a Teacher in Residence for this project may download the application or contact Betsy at email@example.com to request or submit the application.
Teachers in Residence from Previous Years:
(2015) Caitlin and Scott Opfermann at Detroit Edison Public School Academy - focus on tools for bringing learning into the community
(2016) Angelia Mahone at Durfee Elementary - focus on science and the process of service-learning
(2017) Carole Hawke at Robichaud High School - focus on refugees and community nonprofits
About the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource
C David Campbell, a life-long Detroit resident, believed that all children could learn philanthropy as part of their school experience. The featured resources and lessons of the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource build an understanding of philanthropy as giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good and students’ belief that they have something valuable to contribute. Thank you to the McGregor Fund for making this resource and Teacher in Residence opportunity possible.